April 4, 2020 – El Dorado Transit is temporarily going Fare-Free starting Saturday, April 4, 2020 until further notice to decrease the financial burden on our passengers, and to reduce direct contact through the exchange of fare collection and processing to adhere social distancing recommendations for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)  outbreak. Learn more here. 

April 3, 2020 – ​El Dorado County Issues Order to Stop Non-Essential Travel to South Lake Tahoe

See Press Release / Order

In response to the swell of non-fulltime residents traveling to Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams issued a no-travel Order to reduce the number of visitors and other non-fulltime residents in the basin.

“Visitors whom we enthusiastically welcome during normal times are further impacting an already decreased availability of essential supplies and food, and putting the entire Lake Tahoe population at greater risk of being able to receive proper health care,” Williams said.

“It’s time to take this very strong message to those who are not already residing in South Lake Tahoe: if you have no essential function and you are here, please go home; if you have no essential function and you are not here, please stay home.”

March 24, 2020 – El Dorado County Issues Directive Clarifying Restriction of Short-Term Rentals to Reduce the Spread of the COVID-19 Virus

See Directive / See Press Release

On March 24, 2020, El Dorado County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams,  issued a directive that clarifies Governor Newsom’s March 18th “Stay At Home” Order as it relates to short-term lodging, defined as a period of less than 30 days at facilities including hotels, motels, condominiums, campgrounds, other units.

The Directive states that staying in a short-term for recreation, tourism or as a location other than one’s residence to “shelter in place” is not considered an essential activity and Californians are in violation of the Governor’s Order and Public Health Officer’s earlier Directive if they do so.

March 19, 2020 – El Dorado County Issues Shelter in Place Directive

See Directive / See Press Release

On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom also issued a Stay at Home order for Californians. 

See Governor’s Order and Additional Information

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the El Dorado County business community and its many hospitality-related employees. 

The El Dorado County Visitors Authority and the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce are working together to provide accurate and timely information and related resources for business owners and those facing layoffs, reduced hours, and other hardships as a result of COVID-19. Federal and state officials are working on programs and measures to assist those suffering financial impacts from this pandemic.

You can find information on COVID-19 and updates regarding government mandates here.

Local Resources

 State Resources

 National Resources

Financial Resources

  • SBA Funding Programs – Capital Access
    • Incidents can strain a small business’s financial capacity to make payroll, maintain inventory, and respond to market fluctuations (both sudden drops and surges in demand). Companies should prepare by exploring and testing their capital access options, so they have what they need when they need it.
  • IBANK Jump Start Loan Program
    • IBank is offering loans from $500 to $10,000 to low-wealth entrepreneurs in the declared disaster and emergency areas through its Jump Start Loan Program.

For Employees Facing Hardships

Hospitality and Food and Beverage Industry-Specific Assistance

Bartenders in need of emergency assistance should contact the USBG National Charity Foundation. Membership is not required to apply.

The Restaurant Workers Community Foundation has opened a fund and resource page for workers impacted by the pandemic.

Hotel employees impacted by COVID-19 are recommended to contact California EDD for assistance.

Heard That Foundation is also dedicated to the advancement and support of hospitality workers in the United States. Please check out their Facebook Page for more information.

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